Learning Bible verses can be easy and fun. Here are a few tips for memorizing Scripture—and while they’re written for kids, adults should find them helpful, too! You and the children in your life might want to try some or all of these little tricks for remembering.
- Write it out. When you find a verse that you want to memorize, write it on a piece of paper or an index card. Writing something down helps you remember it.
- Read it aloud, over and over. Reading aloud also helps you remember. Repeat, repeat, repeat. Once you’ve said a verse aloud several times, it starts to become permanent in your memory.
- Draw a picture of what the verse means to you or what you see in your mind when you read or hear it. God made our brains in such a way that pictures are easier to remember than just words on a page. Sometimes getting the picture in your mind will give you just the help you need to remember the words.
- Share it with a friend or someone from your family. The best way to keep remembering something is by talking about it. It’s like when someone tells you a joke. If you tell it to someone else, you probably won’t forget it. If you don’t share the joke, it’ll probably slip out of your memory pretty fast. Maybe you can even find a family member or friend who wants to memorize some of the same verses you are working on.
- Talk with a parent, pastor, or older friend about what the verse means. It doesn’t do much good just to memorize some words if you don’t really know what they mean. Some Bible verses have so much deep meaning that it might take an older person to help you understand them completely. And when you know what they mean, it will be easier to remember them and use them in your life.
- Use the Bible verses in your prayers. When you talk with God, use the words of the Bible to ask for what you need, apologize for your mistakes and sins, and especially to thank God for the good things He has given you.
What are your favorite ways to memorize Bible verses?
Terry Glaspey has degrees in history and pastoral ministry and is the author of several books, including Not a Tame Lion: The Spiritual Legacy of C.S. Lewis and Pathway to the Heart of God. He is a passionate student of the Bible and a popular speaker for conferences and churches throughout North America.
Kathleen Kerr works in publishing and is a frequent speaker at conferences around the country. She lives with her husband and daughter in the Pacific Northwest, where she can often be found hiking, writing, and creating chaos in the kitchen.
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